CHICAGO (WBBM) — More than 800 hundred students at Richard J. Daley Academy on the city’s South Side received a visit from Santa today.

The students received everything from gift cards to basketballs and socks, thanks to donations through a local Letters to Santa initiative.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel Reports

The letters to Santa campaign was coordinated by Direct Effect Charities–a Chicago-based organization that works with Chicago Public Schools. The founder tells Newsradio 780 that several Chicago companies, including a number of law firms, then purchase the items requested–not to exceed $25.00 each.

This year, Direct Effect Charities received 10,000 letters. At least requests from 800 letters still have not been fulfilled. You can help by going to the Direct Effect Charities website.

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